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May 1, 2015

Prominent Lawyer Says “Plan to Promote Virtue” Endangers Citizens and State

Prominent Lawyer Says “Plan to Promote Virtue” Endangers Citizens and State The prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh spoke out strongly against the recent approval of the Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, a Parliamentary bill which calls on Basij militias to enforce strict hijab (female dress) on all Iranian women, in a recent interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The […]... read more
May 1, 2015

Prominent Activist Charged with National Security Crimes for Her Peaceful Civic Activism

Prominent Activist Charged with National Security Crimes for Her Peaceful Civic Activism A Tehran court has charged the prominent Iranian civil rights activist and deputy head of the banned Defenders of Human Rights Center, Narges Mohammadi, with crimes against national security for her peaceful activism. Narges Mohammadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, under Judge Salavati, has […]... read more
April 29, 2015

Labor Leaders Detained in Iran as International Workers’ Day Approaches

Labor Leaders Detained in Iran as International Workers’ Day Approaches   April 29, 2015—On the eve of International Workers’ Day on May 1, Iranian authorities have arrested at least five labor leaders. The arrests have taken place in the context of intensifying labor protests, strikes, and arrests of individuals organizing or participating in labor protests. “The Government views any labor mobilization as a national security […]... read more
April 29, 2015

Police Demolish Imprisoned Baha’i Leader’s Ancestral Home

Police Demolish Imprisoned Baha’i Leader’s Ancestral Home Iranian police demolished the home of an imprisoned Baha'i community leader in Semnan on April 22, 2015. The home belonged to Jamaloddin Khanjani, one of seven Baha'i leaders who have been in prison since 2008.... read more
April 27, 2015

Political Prisoner To Be Tried for Contacting UN Human Rights Expert

Political Prisoner To Be Tried for Contacting UN Human Rights Expert Ebrahimi is accused of contacting the UN’s Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, from prison, to report to the Special Rapporteur on the condition of political prisoners who are ill. Iranian prison officials routinely deny even critically needed medical care to political prisoners. ... read more
April 23, 2015

New Video: Iranian Expats Face Arrest upon Return to their Homeland

New Video: Iranian Expats Face Arrest upon Return to their Homeland April 20, 2015—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today highlighting the plight of the thousands of Iranians who wish to return to their homeland, yet fear likely imprisonment upon arrival for the peaceful expression of their beliefs, art, or lifestyle.... read more
April 22, 2015

Prominent Iranians’ Views on Impact of Nuclear Agreement on Human Rights

Prominent Iranians’ Views on Impact of Nuclear Agreement on Human Rights “Our next agreement will be on our civil rights!” was one of the slogans people chanted in Tehran only hours after a nuclear agreement was reached on April 2, during their street celebrations. During his election campaign, President Hassan Rouhani repeatedly pledged to observe citizens’ rights, end the house arrest of the Green Movement leaders, […]... read more
April 16, 2015

Worsening Conditions for Women in Iran Begin to Draw Attention

Worsening Conditions for Women in Iran Begin to Draw Attention Rouhani and Other Administration Officials Speak Out against Discrimination Analysis- Almost two years after his 2013 election, President Hassan Rouhani and his Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, spoke up against discrimination against women this week, in the face of steadily deteriorating conditions for women in Iran. “The government considers it its […]... read more
April 10, 2015

Prominent Activists Optimistic on End of Ban on Women at Sports Stadiums

Prominent Activists Optimistic on End of Ban on Women at Sports Stadiums Two prominent Iranian human rights defenders have expressed optimism over the recent moves in Iran to amend the laws banning women from sports stadiums, but note that real and permanent changes will require time and sustained citizen support for its realization. The moves to end the ban follow an international outcry over Iran’s refusal to […]... read more
April 6, 2015

Tehran Professor Decries Iran’s Criticism of UN Human Rights Expert

Tehran Professor Decries Iran’s Criticism of UN Human Rights Expert The following is a translation of Tehran University Professor Sadegh Zibakalam’s letter to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marzieh Afkham, responding to her statements on the latest report of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. In the Name of God Madam Marzieh Afkham, Spokesperson Foreign Ministry Greetings. Your […]... read more
March 27, 2015

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Furlough, Remains with Hardened Criminals

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Furlough, Remains with Hardened Criminals Despite support from the Zanjan Province Prosecutor and prison officials, and repeated requests by family members, journalist Saeed Matinpour’s furlough for the Iranian New Year was not granted and he remains behind bars. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Matinpour’s wife, Atieh Taheri, said that officials encouraged Matinpour to […]... read more
March 27, 2015

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Denied Furlough Again

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Denied Furlough Again For the fourth year in a row, the ailing prominent human rights defender Mohammad Seifzadeh was not granted furlough for the Iranian New Year (March 20-April 1). Furlough, typically granted to prisoners in Iran for a variety of familial, holiday, and medical reasons, is routinely denied to political prisoners as a form of additional punishment. […]... read more